Birmingham City are ready to fight to keep hold of in demand defensive midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld by offering the player a new contract according to the Birmingham Mail.

The 27-year-old Dutchman saw a Transfer Deadline Day move to the Blues’ Sky Bet Championship rivals Derby County collapse at the final hour after failing to gain English Football League approval and Kieftenbeld has gone on to put in some impressive performances for Birmingham City.

It has recently been reported that The Rams could rekindle their interest in the player in January while Bristol City, Cardiff City and Hull City are also monitoring the situation closely.

After almost losing the player in August, Birmingham City are now said to be keen to hold on to Kieftenbeld and the club will look to offer the midfielder a new contract in a bid to fend off any future transfer interest.

Kieftenbeld joined Birmingham City in summer 2015 in a deal reportedly worth less than £250,000. The player has gone on to make 98 appearances for the Blues and has scored five goals. The midfielder’s previous experience has come in his homeland during spells with the Go Ahead Eagles and FC Groningen.

Derby County are thought to have been ready to pay £300,000 to sign the Dutchman in August however the player’s recent good performances will have only increased his price tag.

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